Commercial Photography – Fall 2016

February 12, 2016


ART 334:
Special Topics: Commercial Photography

Part studio course, part professional practices. This class will prepare you for several different photography career options:

  • Event and wedding photography
  • Fashion and glamour
  • Product and catalog photography
  • Headshots and portraits
  • Food and still life photography
  • Editorial photography
  • Stock photography
  • Freelance
  • …and professional practices for photographers

ART334 will meet Tue & Thu 3:15-5:45pm in Fall 2016

CSU/CIA Post-Baccalaureate Program

February 7, 2016

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If you have graduated within the last five years, or if you are graduating in Spring Semester 2016, you are eligible to apply to the new CSU/CIA Post-baccalaureate program!

Eight recent graduates in Art from Cleveland State University will be chosen. The students who are chosen will receive one-year scholarships to further their studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, tuition free.

Application procedure:
Application package requires 12 digital images or movies, a list of works, a personal statement outlining artistic and personal goals, and a resume.


  • All images must be submitted in JPG format.
  • Image minimum size 1000 x 1000 pixels, maximum 3000 x 3000 pixels.
  • Label each images file with a number. (1-12)_your last name_first initial.jpg. For example: 1_smith_B.jpg

Instructions for Video and Time-based Work
Image uploads are reqired on the application. Create still screen shots of your time-based work to upload. In the image information make it clear in the Media field that it is time-based. In the Dimensions field, include the duration of the piece. There is an optional Time-Based Link field for links to video work posted online. Copy and Paste the URL(s) to this field.

Please be aware that students enrolled in this program will have their tuition charges waived, but will be responsible for payment of all required fees, including but not limited to materials, student activity fee, lab fee, and parking. If taking 12 credits or more , you are also required to carry health insurance, either your own coverage or purchased through CIA.

Questions? Contact Prof. Qian Li:

Rube Goldberg Photography Studio

February 4, 2016

How to make a portrait, courtesy of 2D House on Vimeo.

2016-17 Merit Scholarship Competition

January 28, 2016

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Current and prospective full-time undergraduate art majors seeking a first BA degree and needing at least 24 additional credit hours for graduation are invited to apply for the Art Department 2016-2017 Visual Art Merit Scholarship.

Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016

To apply: Download the 2016-2017 Merit Scholarship Information PDF:

Read the information carefully for eligibility and conditions. Prepare your image files and brief statement (optional) according the the instructions.

For Video and Time-based work submissions, download these special instructions:

Apply online:

Consult with your professors about selecting the work to include and preparing your application. Good luck!

Zanele Muholi Lecture at CMA

January 28, 2016

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Contemporary Artists Lecture Series: Zanele Muholi 
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall

Artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi records the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa through photography, installation, and video, seeking to illuminate the contradictions of life in a country that recognizes the legality of same-sex marriages but is plagued by hate crimes and intolerance for LGBTI individuals. In photographic series such as Faces and Phases and Weddings, and the video Being Scene, Muholi brings into focus the love, intimacy, and daily life within these close-knit yet vulnerable communities. Join the artist in her first Cleveland appearance for a discussion of her work and career. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Recital Hall lobby.

Free; registration recommended.
Reserve tickets at, or call the ticket desk at 216-421-7350.

Unfixed at Transformer Station

January 8, 2016

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UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image
Transformer Station
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 15, 6pm
Additional events below

This winter Transformer Station presents UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image, an exhibition featuring 11 national and international artists who are exploring the ephemeral image in a wide variety of ways with and without cameras, in still images as well as video. Although photographic images existed long before, the birth of photography is marked by the date when we learned to “fix” a representative image on a light sensitive surface permanently. Since then, the truth of photographic representation has been often questioned and much discussed. Less debated, but just as questionable is the permanence of the photographic image. Of course, eventually, all surfaces decay and images fade, but the artists in this exhibition embrace the fleeting nature of the image that is created by light and is eventually destroyed by it.

Many of the works in UNFIXED have been created for the exhibition, including a site-specific installation of Wait and See by Swiss artists

F + D Cartier and a project by Matthew Gamber that deconstructs the illusion of color photography through the lyrical use of obsolete slide projectors. John Opera’s application of natural, light-sensitive dyes mean that his photographs will fade gradually, while Phil Chang’s unfixed photographs will disappear within hours of the opening party. A group of vernacular photographs from the collection of Peter Cohen reveal the surprising beauty of Kodacolor snapshots from the 1950’s that, owing to a faulty dye couplers, have all turned pink. Other works in the show are elegiac—Brian Ganter’s heat sensitive tintypes reveal haunting portraits of queer porn stars, all of whom died of AIDS, when held in the viewer’s hands. Meanwhile Paul Shambroom’s photographs of lost pet flyers, washed out by sun and rain, quietly mourn what can never be recaptured. Also featuring work by Eric William Carroll, Dustin Grella, Luke Stettner, and Tom Persinger, UNFIXED brings together objects and images that cause us to consider mortality and entropy, time and memory and the beauty of moments that can never last.

UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image will open on Friday, January 15th. Transformer Station members are invited to preview the exhibition from 5 – 6 p.m. Artists Françoise and Daniel Cartier will deliver a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Additional Programs

Matthew Gamber Gallery Talk, Saturday, January 16th, 2 p.m.

Dr. Kate Albers Lecture, “The Ephemeral Photograph: From Salt Prints to Snapchat,” Saturday, March 12th, 2 p.m.

Tom Persinger Gallery Talk and Performance, Sunday, April 3rd, 3 p.m.

Prof Eric Vaughn’s Photography at Beck Center

January 7, 2016


Eric Vaughn: Cross Section
Beck Center for the Arts
Opening reception: Sat, Jan 9, 6-7:30pm

The Beck Center main gallery is proud to host the opening reception for Eric Vaughn’s one person photography show, Cross Section. Eric’s images demonstrate his techinical skills as well as his unique artistic vision and a contemporary art approach to his medium. “Retaining the photographic trace of observable phenomena operates as a guiding principle in my art practice..” – E. Vaughn

The public is welcome to attend the artist’s reception free of charge. The show will be on view from 1/8/16 – 1/31/16. Please visit www.beckcenter.orgfor more information on open hours.


Eric teaches photography at CSU. His exhibition features an 18-piece display of 40″ prints from his Distant, Disrupted Visions series. Click here to visit the Facebook Event page.

Cleveland Arts Attendance

December 14, 2015


Using figures compiled by the Philadelphia-based Cultural Data Project on attendance at cultural events in 11 U.S. cities in 2010, The Plain Dealer found that, on a per capita basis, Greater Cleveland performs more like Boston and San Francisco than Columbus or Cincinnati.

The analysis also showed that Greater Cleveland has 87 percent of New York’s per capita participation in cultural activities.

Click here to read more about it on


End of Semester Business

December 1, 2015


Loaned Equipment Return

All equipment borrowed equipment must be returned by your exam day. All cameras, lights, flashes, tripods, books, videos, etc. are due.

Final Exam Meeting Times

ART 232 (Vaughn):Thu, Dec 10, 6-8pm
ART 332 /432 (Slankard):Tue, Dec 8, 12:30 -2:30pm
ART 433 (Slankard): Thu, Dec 10, 8-10am

Work Pick Up

Work will be available for pick up during Art Dept office hours from Wed, Dec 16 – Fri, Dec 18, or at the start of the semester in spring.

Please Complete Course Evaluations

You should have received an email invitation to complete your course evaluations. If you haven’t, please do so.

Finally, Enjoy Your Holiday

Goodbye Holga

November 29, 2015


After being designed in 1981, the Holga medium format toy camera developed a cult following among photographers who valued its affordability and unique lo-fi results.

But all good things must come to an end: Holga cameras will no longer be produced from here on out. Read more here.


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